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Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, July 14, 2014

US spying out of fear of Germany

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met on Sunday for the first time since the latest cases of espionage were revealed. On the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna, the two stressed the close friendship between the US and Germany. The left-leaning daily Právo is not surprised that US intelligence agencies are spying on Germany: "The widespread American espionage activities are related to fears about Germany's growing influence on the world stage. Because Germany's new role also includes having good relations with Russia and China, the US's key adversaries. Even if it sounds like a paradox, the Americans have real cause for concern in view of Germany's ambitions to play a bigger role in European security policy, as President Gauck announced recently in Munich. .... Irrespective of years of partnership with the US and Nato, Germany is the US's largest rival in political and economic terms, and perhaps soon also in security policy."

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